Press Release
October 17, 2007
Contact: Nick Almanza
(512) 463-0121
Senator Judith Zaffirini Announces Arts Grants

(LAREDO) -- Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, announced today (Wednesday) that the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) awarded $32,450 to arts organizations in Senate District 21 for fiscal year 2008.

"I appreciate TCA's commitment to championing the arts and preserving Texas culture," Senator Zaffirini said. "The funding awarded by the Commission greatly will support the arts and arts organizations within my senatorial district. I share TCA's passion for the arts and am grateful for its leadership and assistance."

SD 21 organizations that will receive the awards include Art's for Everyone/Hecho en Encinal, George West Storyfest Association and Laredo Center for the Arts.

Throughout 2008 TCA will award more than 500 additional grants through its mini-grants process. Funding sources include state general revenue, National Endowment for the Arts, interest earnings on the Texas Cultural Endowment Fund, support from the Texas Cultural Trust Council and revenue earned by TCA through sales of State of the Arts specialty license plates. Additional funds for music education are provided via TCA's participation in the Texas Music Project.

TCA was organized in 1965 by the Texas Legislature to develop a receptive climate for the arts in Texas. It provides funding and other supportive measures, such as arts education and cultural tourism programs, for a variety of arts-related activities, including visual and literary arts, film and multi-media, music, dance and theater. For more information about TCA and its programs, please visit

Editor's note: A full list of the organizations and cities where TCA distributed grants is currently available on the TCA Web site at